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After the easing of the lockdown regulations, the APL season 2020/2021 officially opened on 1 November 2020, permitting competitive angling.
With the new restrictions and protocols in place, it was a painstaking process for both officials and participants to make the necessary transition, breaking away from traditional practices. Angling, by its very nature, is a sport that allows for socialisation. However, members soon had to adjust to the “new normal, abnormal” and learning to “stay together, apart”.
Nevertheless, the APL secured three major sponsorships, the Mohamed Midas League, AA Coaches Knock Out, and AA Coaches Grand Challenge.
It was also an exciting season, as both Breakwaters Angling Club and Dannhauser Angling Club battled for each of the titles, displaying true sportsmanship while the other clubs improved as each round of competition progressed.
The Mohamed Midas League Table ended with Breakwaters AC topping the log with 50 points, followed by Dannhauser AC standing on 39 points; Stillwaters AC on 29 points; Challengers AC with 18 points and Glencoe AC finishing with 14 points.
The title of “angler of the day” and “angler of the season” continually changed hands due to the competitiveness of the competitions. The honours for the top three spots were hotly contested, with a solitary point separating the top three anglers with Anil Boodhoo of Stillwaters AC topping the log with 55 points; followed by Yudveer Naransamy of Breakwaters AC on 54 points and Ronnie Rampersadh on 53 points.
The top three anglers of the season received tackle vouchers worth R3 000, R2 000 and R1 000, respectively, compliments of Mohamed Midas and the APL.
The Angler of the Year for the APL, Anil Boodhoo, won a family weekend at a prestigious venue on the Vaal. Breakwaters AC was crowned the triple champions winning the Mohamed Midas League, the AA Coaches Knock Out, and the AA Coaches Grand Challenge.
The APL finished the season with the hosting of the APL Closed Competition on 13 June 2021 at Sandford, with the winners in the various categories winning lucrative prizes for their outstanding catches.
The titleholders for the season 2020/2021 are as follows:
- Shahid Osman of NGL AC – heaviest scaled fish, a carp of 4,320kg, winning R500 incentive prize for landing a carp of over 4kg.
- Rudi Strydom of SAC – heaviest non scaled fish weighing in at 10,680kg, winning R500 incentive prize for landing a Barbel of over 10kg.
- Ethan Jansen from NDH – rare species – a Kurper of 885g winning R500 incentive prize.
- Talia Veran from NDH – Junior Angler of the Year.
- Ronnie Rampersadh of BAC – Senior Angler of the Year.
- Anil Boodhoo of SAC- Angler of the Year.
Each of the category winners received an outright trophy and R250 in cash for their achievements.
“A special thanks go out to all the officials, members, sponsors, well-wishers and family members for their support during one of the most challenging seasons, taking into account the protocols, restrictive conditions imposed during the various lockdown levels due to the pandemic, not forgetting that the season ended late in winter making angling rather challenging yet rewarding.”
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